Recreation Department Survey: Indoor Tennis, Water Park Wanted

Survey online for more than a year, garnering 1,000-plus votes

A year-long survey posted on the t website has been asking residents what new services they’d like to see in town. The top answer is an indoor tennis facility, while the suggestion of a spray park also proved popular.

After gathering the votes over the course of the year, the Toms River Recreation Department will now explore how feasible the choices were, said Recreation Director Eric Schubiger.

Schubiger explained some of the other options posted as part of the survey, which was an informal poll to gauge basic interest on ideas that had been brought up previously.

The most popular idea, an indoor tennis facility, will eventually have a group of concerned residents and experts to look into how feasible the idea is before proceeding further.

Councilman John Sevastakis said in previous council meetings that the feedback and discusion on what recreation options are most needed in Toms River have been ongoing, through the online survey and at the township's recreation committee meetings. The committee meets monthly on a Monday night in town hall. 

is asking anyone interested in the indoor tennis facility's feasibility to contact him at .

Schubiger said his office heard from individuals who traveled out of town to play tennis indoors, using such facilities as Good Sports in Wall. While Toms River once had a privately own racquetball club, that facility closed down years ago.

Township parks such as  have outdoor tennis courts, as do the high schools, but Schubiger said an indoor option was the most popular result of the informal survey.

An indoor tennis facility would enable tennis aficionados to play even if inclimate weather or the winter months closed the outdoor facilities, he said.

­A spray park, or sprayground, is a type of water park that employs fountains and sprays for families to play in. Currently, Toms River has an outdoor pool at the Snug Harbor location but nothing like this, Schuber said.

Pine Lake Park in Manchester has a spray park, and in Colts Neck there is a more elaborate one at Dorbrook Park as part of the respective public parks systems there. Asbury Park has one on its boardwalk, complete with elaborate sprays and sprinklers, buckets that fill and overturn, and waterfall effects and more.

Schubiger said the concept is not water slides but more of fountain and sprinklers.

"Another fun place to place during the hot summer, for families to go," Schubiger said.

The outdoor pool suggestion, Schubiger said, was put on the survey to see if an additional location was needed. Currently the township has the Snug Harbor pool, off Fischer Boulevard in the eastern part of Toms River, and the question was one to see if the west and northern sections of town felt there needed to be a facility closer by.

Schubiger said that on the hottest July days, the Snug Harbor pool does get crowded and serve many families, but the suggestion was one more of access for a section of town than of overcrowding at the existing facility.

He said adding trails, a type of “passive recreation,” was a popular choice with those who answered the survey. It was the third most popular choice behind the indoor tennis and the spray park.

Currently trails for walking and biking exist at and parks, and walking trails are part of the  now under construction.

An amphitheater could be rented out, and could facilitate outdoor theater and live acts. Currently a popular at the library during the summer is played outside on the steps of the downtown Toms River branch.

Scoring less popular in the survey were options such as a miniature golf course, boat ramp and bocce court. Though those options exist nearby or in Toms River, they are mainly available to or by patronizing a local business.

The votes as of noon were:

  • 1320 total votes
  • Indoor Tennis Facility, 343 votes (26 percent)
  • Sprayground, 307 votes (23 percent)
  • Fitness/Walking Trails, 209 votes (16 percent)
  • Public Ice Skating Area, 91 votes (7 percent)
  • Amphitheatre, 84 votes (6 percent)
  • Miniature Golf Course, 79 votes (6 percent)
  • Outdoor Pool, 74 votes (6 percent)
  • Fishing Pier, 71 votes (5 percent)
  • Boat Ramp, 46 votes (3 percent)
  • Bocce/Shuffleboard courts, 16 votes (1 percent)

The survey remains available online and Schubiger encourages residents to continue to vote, here.

BN March 07, 2012 at 06:48 PM
How about fixing up the EXISTING parks which are in a sorry state of disrepair!
Lori Ann March 07, 2012 at 07:32 PM
This is such a small sampling of people considering the population of Toms River. How may people actually knew about your survey, even though it was poted for a year. For a real sampling of the population of Toms River and an accurate survey maybe paper surveys should have been sent home with studentswho attend TR schools or given out at the county connection in the mall, but (in my opinion) statistically speaking, there is no way your survey can even come close to being accurate when there were only a total of 1320 votes when TR ha a population of about 93,000. You are only involving about 1.4% of the population.
1stcav March 07, 2012 at 07:42 PM
You got that right , keep up with what WE already purchased , don't look for new as without maintenance it will look like what we have now !!!!!!! You can't keep up with what you have NOW !!!!!! knock off the BS and get to work fixing what we have. The people want new, no the DPW wants new , we what what we bought taken care of ...period !!! The water bills for these parks ARE cost prohibitive , unless they reclaim the water & reuse it ...ask AP ,NJ who didn't put a reclaim and clean water system..They hate to turn it on and the water is ice cold and the children DON"T stay in the pool area because it's So cold, even on the Hottest days...
Captain March 07, 2012 at 09:19 PM
How about STOP spending, layoffs, and property tax relief! I think the Ritacco center, the bubble, the girls softball complex, and numerous turf fields are enough for now. Hey Toms River, if so your insistent on spending money, how about you give us back some!!!
John doe March 08, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Indoor tennis is not cost effective. Look at tennis center in Lakewood.
John doe March 08, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Agree. Like the saying goes, number do not lie but they could be lier's number. This survey does not represent Toms River population. 1.4% of population is not a scientific sampling.
John doe March 08, 2012 at 03:30 AM
We R TR March 08, 2012 at 03:57 AM
The Tennis Center in Lakewood died due to sibling rivalry. Look at the Atlantic Club. The junior programs and the senior leagues are filled with Ocean County residents,
Catherine Galioto (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Just to clarify: It is not our poll. It is the township recreation department's.
Robert Bressman March 08, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Like everything in this town they keep it a secret about what they are planning , I can only guess how many friends and relatives voted in this one to help promote some agenda they have. Later they can come out and say hey the people voted for this. they lowered the debt by getting a lower interest rate, which is great, but they didn't make any cuts, whatever they save, they spend!
Xavier March 08, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Don't forget, anyone on the Internet can vote in this poll. I live in Barnegat and decided to vote for the Spray Park.
SB Girl March 08, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I agree with those who say fix what you have...the bathrooms on Bey Lea don't have sinks even though it appears they were there at one time and the buildings are in dire need of a paint job...how long would that take and how much could it cost?!? Since we've had such mild winter one would think therr must be a township workers some time on their hands!!
John doe March 08, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Eventhough township has full spectrum of employees on payroll ( mostly relatives and friends), no maintanace is ever done. They just collect pay and fatten their pensions. And that is my friend things are broken. Their solution built new one.
Rico Suave March 08, 2012 at 08:58 PM
They can build a SECOND ice rink, but they can't keep the existing facilities in respectable condition.
1stcav March 08, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Maybe some Supervisors and Directors need a rotor rooter job to get moving and do your job ! If you think you can't be replaced your in for one hell of a ride in this near future !!! Get moving and order parts and schedule maintenance to be performed on these already PAYED for structure's and lands....I'm going to start in East Dover and work my way around town..bet on it !!! I'll get back to the Patch ASAP ....Mark have address for me on Fri. and this weekend I'll be out taking pictures for the people ( tax Payers ) of Toms River ! I served this Town before for free and i'll do it again !
Mr. ? March 09, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Administrative top heavy. Go OPRA parks and rec salary statements and compare those costs to the very few maintenance grunt workers there are. Blue collars always go first...should be the other way around. No one to do the work and there is your disrepair and cut services, but hey, a new tennis court...there's 900 more votes! Woops, that's the girls softball field.
KellyHep April 04, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I think it would be great to have all of the above in Toms River, however I agree with what most are saying. I'd like to see our current parks, rec centers and basicly all of the grounds in Toms River be maintained to a much higher standard. It makes me angry to see our town so poorly cared for.
Karen Ann Campbell June 05, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Indoor tennis facility........no How about a Pool Club and not the bathtub in Snug Harbor. I know we live in a shore community but not everyone can afford to live on the water or have a pool. I grew up in Morris County most town had a pool club or a neighboring town did. My family has always lived in Toms River and the available recreation in town is lacking for a town this size. Teenagers have no place to go other than the mall, movies or skating when it is cold. A sprinkler park would be awesome because driving to Monmouth County to use one is a haul.
So Much to Say June 05, 2012 at 10:16 PM
@ Karen Ann Campbell I live arround the corner from what your calling a "bathtub" and most of the time there are very few people. Lacking....You gotta be kidding. I grew up in an affluent area in Monmouth County, they have NOTHING. Think before you type!!!!!
Karen Ann Campbell June 05, 2012 at 10:54 PM
So much to Say If you grew up in affluent Monmouth County you probably had County Clubs to go to. My children all took lessons at Snug Harbor it was great when they were young. It is bathtub sized in relation to the size of this town. You are certainly and nasty angry person and I will not chose my words at your command. I live here, I pay taxes here, I raise my children here, I am entitled to an opinion just as much as you are. Your children are probably very young just wait until they are in the tweens or young teens and there is no place for them to go out and enjoy a little freedom. My girls have their friends here and they go to their houses. But we are boring and they need a little time away from TV, and computers. There is no place for them to go in this town. Not really sure what your problem is with me other than I have an opinion and view point different than yours. The recreation facilities for a town this size with a population this big are lacking. My relatives live in smaller towns and there are unlimited amounts of things for their children to do. Town sponsored, reasonably priced things to do. If you want your children to be active in this town you have to pay a small fortune.
So Much to Say June 05, 2012 at 11:02 PM
It's not my problem if you wish more entertainment choices for your children, nor should it come at my expense.
Karen Ann Campbell June 05, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Now I can ask you if you can read or not. My children have no interest in the skate park but I think that it should be allowed. If you take your children to age appropriate or what you deem as safe places it will not be at your expense. None of this changes that fact that the facilities in this town for it's size and population are lacking.


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